Wife, Mother of Three Proves College Degree Within Reach

Karen Demunn Schmarje remembers clearly what her father told her as she approached her high school graduation. “My dad was, ‘Hey, if you want to go to college that’s great, but I can’t pay for it,’” said Schmarje, senior manager of customer service and logistics at Tyson Foods in Springdale. “And, I think there was maybe some poor guidance at the high [Read More]

No Fees at eVersity Totals $2.8 Million in Savings for Students

The University of Arkansas System eVersity has never charged student fees on top of its incredibly low tuition rate, saving its students more than $2.8 million in its first four years of operation. With the cost of attending college consistently on the rise, a big part of the growing burden on families is attributed to [Read More]

eVersity Has Saved Students More Than $1.3 Million in Tuition

The University of Arkansas System eVersity has saved its students more than $1.3 million in tuition since courses began in 2016. Offering one of the most affordable tuition rates in the country at $175 per credit hour, eVersity is more than $140 less than the national per-credit-hour average. Among more than 160 online bachelor’s degree [Read More]

Quick, Free Application Has Saved eVersity Applicants More Than $220,000

Remaining true to its strong belief that getting back into college should be easy, the University of Arkansas System eVersity’s quick, free application has saved applicants more than $220,000 since it began taking applications in 2015. According to a U.S. News and World Report annual survey about application fees, filling out a college application costs [Read More]

eVersity Students Have Saved More than $1.4 Million in Book Costs

As one of the only higher education institutions in the country to never require its students to purchase course materials and textbooks, the University of Arkansas System eVersity has saved its students more than $1.4 million since courses launched in 2016. Did you know the average cost of college textbooks has risen nearly four times [Read More]

Stephanie Bates: Veteran, Mother, Wife, Teacher, eVersity Graduate

As an 18-year veteran of the United States Air Force and Air National Guard and a mother of three, Stephanie Bates’ schedule is hectic. In fact, keeping up with her many responsibilities made it next to impossible for her to finish her degree. “I went through several universities as a traditional student,” she said. “That [Read More]

Distance Learning Creates Pathways for eVersity Students

One false narrative of online coursework is the way it tends to isolate students and prohibit group interaction. But according to University of Arkansas System eVersity instructor Caitlin Howe, those problems are minimized through the 100 percent-online institution’s structure and mode of communication. “If you’re in the classroom you have more teacher-student interaction. That can [Read More]

eVersity Student Makes Good on Promise to Dad

Cindy Williams has always been a reliable finisher. From providing for her two children as a single mother to managing the affairs of Trinity Episcopal Church in Pine Bluff for the past 20 years, everyone has always been able to count on her keeping her word and delivering on her promises. So when she promised [Read More]

eVersity Student: Four States, Two Decades, One Long Educational Journey

People often say they’d go a million miles for what they really want in life. Robert Gillum proved that’s true. While not technically traveling a million miles, his journey to a long-awaited degree covered four states, more than two decades and a handful of professional jobs. “I finally got that $30,000 piece of paper,” he [Read More]

eVersity Inspires and Enables Student’s Drive Toward a Degree

The first time Sarah Stashuk applied to the University of Arkansas System eVersity it was for a job, for which she was denied due to her lack of a degree. The second time she applied, it was to get that degree. “Back in September of 2017, I was looking at job opportunities across the country [Read More]

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